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  • Tim Cook wants Apple to buy Manchester United soccer team

    To address a point from Xed:
    (Well, two. I never said Tim was like Elon. I said just the opposite.) 

    But more importantly,
    ”Additionally, they are in need of a new stadium. If Apple gets their team(s) designing a stadium it very well cold become as iconic as its stores—perhaps to the point that you and I might go to see if we're ever in Manchester.”

    A clarification seems to be needed. Apple designers are amazing product designers but they’re not architects. The two fields are very different. Jony Ive did not design the new Apple headquarters, the architect Norman Foster did. Steve Jobs did not design the Cube on 5th Avenue in NY, that was the architectural firm of Bolin, Cywinski, Jackson.  Steve Jobs didn’t design the stair in the first Apple office building, that was the work of the architect I.M. Pei. Just to dispel some rumors I’ve heard over and over. Apple designers have not designed any Apple stores. 
  • Kanye West confused about banks, Apple Pay, and FCC

    Of course he should run for president again. Those 250,000 people that voted for him last time want to see him do it again.  Don’t forget to get on the ballots, though!
  • Lufthansa flip-flops, AirTags now allowed on flights

    Since I’ll be on a Lufthansa flight in a few days, I checked the rules in their app about what can and cannot be brought on board and/or placed in checked bags and I didn’t see a single reference to AirTags. I guess this was so short lived that they didn’t even bother to update the app.
  • Apple won't call to ask you to tell them a code you get on your iPhone

    I’m very glad to know about this.  Here in Europe I’ve been deluged by callers who say they’re from Microsoft and want access to my computer. It seems like an obvious scam, but a friend fell for it, gave them access, and they drained his bank account of thousands of euros. 
  • Colombia court bans 5G iPhones and iPads in Ericsson patent case

    mpantone said:
    Ok, let's see...  Apple has zero stores in Colombia.  Oh well...

    Those are bricks-and-mortar stores. You don't need a bricks-and-mortar location to do business.

    Ever hear of How many bricks-and-mortar stores do they have where you live? How about Roku? Or Sony? Or LG? Or Logitech?

    How many retail stores does Nintendo have? Two: New York and Tel Aviv. Zero in Japan: not a single one.
    There are also brick and mortar stores operated by authorized retailers in countries that don’t have Apple Stores.